Apple has 2% of India’s mobile phone market, well behind rival Samsung.However, although Apple said this week it is keen to “invest significantly” in India, it has not confirmed any plans.
Apple has held a series of meetings with government representatives at both state and national level and is understood to be pressing for concessions before going ahead with such a move.Priyank Kharge, minister of information technology and biotechnology in Karnataka, told the AFP news agency: “We have an understanding with Apple and we expect them to start manufacturing in Karnataka by the end of April.”
They range from $194 for a 16GB version to the top end iPhone 7Plus which costs about $1,164.
This, when the bulk of the smartphones sold in India is around $100-120. But the hope is that manufacturing locally will bring iPhone prices down.By getting Apple to start making phones there, he hopes to attract more high end manufacturing firms to move to Bangalore.